A weekend juggling workshop with Ben Richter
27-28 May 2017
If the object could move by itself, how would it move?
How does this object – my body – speak with other objects?
This workshop is about exploring the potential movement qualities unique to every individual object. Taking a step by step method that Ben has developed over many years, we look to find answers to the above questions and many others. We take objects not specifically designed for juggling and explore their potential as catalysts for movement, expression and creativity. We begin each day with a somatic exploration and expand this awareness into the things around us. We will have fun.
Skills required: being motivated
Open to all.
Price – Early bird: 90€ Regular:100€ On the door: 100€
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Ben Richter has been juggling, dancing, teaching and performing for over 26 years. In this time he has deeply explored many somatic practices and dance techniques including Feldenkreis, Alexander, Yoga, Shiatsu, Klein technique, Body-Mind Centering, various forms of contemporary dance, contact improvisation and clowning. Over the last 12 years he has been a regular guest teacher at the University of Circus and Dance in Stockholm (DOCH) where he has coached some of the worlds most creative and inspiring jugglers as well as countless artists form other circus disciplines. Ben was an original member of Gandini juggling in 1993 and still works with them today as a guest performer in the show “Smashed”. He has toured with Cirkus Cirkör in Sweden and performed solo and in many different companies world wide. He was also a member of the Manipulation Research Laboratory together with Jay Gilligan, Luke Wilson and Erik Åberg. Ben co-directed the latest piece by award winning Danish contemporary circus company “Rapid Eye” and recently directed German company “Spot The Drop”’s first full length piece. He lives in Berlin.
Some thoughts from ex-students
Ben’s teaching has been a huge influence on my juggling. What I learned from from him about shifting my weight to motivate a throw or movement has helped me in all the juggling I’m made since then! – Wes Peden
Ben Richter is one of the absolute best circus teachers I’ve been taught by. The use of methods I had not been exposed to before I met Ben helped me open up new ways to practice, choreograph, and be aware of the details in juggling. His classes also gave me a better understanding about my body and the way I move. – Patrick Elmnert
Ben has the skill of always sensing the groups need and technical level and customize his lessons so it challenges everyone. I learned a lot in his lessons and was also left with a lot of material for own development. Both physical and mental. – Peter Åberg
Ben Richter has been a very important teacher in my development as professional performer. Ben has taught very much on how to be a juggler working with dance and movement and the meeting between the different techniques. Ben has very much taught me about presence. They way he is present as a teacher in the studio, but also as a performer on stage, has helped me very much in understanding how to be sincere and ”real” in my work. By guiding me towards a greater awareness of my practice and my artistic choices, Ben has had a great impact on my maturity as a creative juggler, dancer and performer. – Viktor Gyllenberg
In a calm state of being, Ben is able to give great guidance that leads to a clearer intention. – Guillaume Karpowicz